Monday, 31 December 2012

The Week Ahead 31 Dec 2012

The weekend is the busy time for Harriers this week.

The Leisure Centre's shut for some reason on Tuesday, but there'll be some keen sorts looking for the first run of 2013 by the steps at 7pm.

We've been warned of some flooding on the route of  the Sedbury run on Thursday. Some forecast drier weather may find the run clear by then, but be prepared for an alternative run if not.

Now for the races at the weekend. The Kymin race at 2pm on Saturday is not only a fine introduction to fell racing but also a Mob Match between Chepstow and Les Croupiers. So it's a call for all Harriers to run and score points for the Club.

Then 11am Sunday at Pontllanfraith is the time and place for the next LCL cross-country.

The Kymin is a short fell race and with a day's rest you should have no problem in tackling the XC. Do them both and ensure your place in the Club pantheon.

Monday, 24 December 2012

The Week Ahead 24 Dec 2012

Owing to circumstances beyond our control there will be no Tuesday session this week ahead. We hope members will find something else to do.

But to make up for it there will be two attractions on Thursday.
In the morning from 10.30 at Brockweir's Mackenzie Hall the Stotties (with a little assistance from North Glos Orienteering Club) will be putting on a jolly village family orienteering challenge with maps and photos. Ingenuity and teamwork rather than fitness and navigational expertise will determine the prizewinners.  There'll be a bike-mounted course and a taped children's course, so fun for non-runners and kiddies alike. Please bring along £2 to cover map printing and refreshments.

Gill is brewing up a hot bean stew and baking potatoes, but entrants are asked to bring along puddings and other extras to share out.

And there's a barrel of real ale along with plenty of soft drinks for all. Parking is rather limited so please try to share cars if poss.

On Thursday evening, although the LC is shut we'll be doing the Old Ferry Inn run down to Beachley and back..

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Week Ahead 17 Dec 2012

The advertised session on Tuesday is Steep Street - 6 short alternating with 6 long hills.

Chris Rees is also offering a 25 minutes out/25 minutes back tempo run down the Link Road and partway across the S Bridge.

Thursday's run is a special Tour of the Town with prizes on offer for best seasonal fancy dress!

Come down to Spoons after for a pre-Christmas drink.

Then how about a new short fell race on Saturday as excellent preparation for the Kymin mob match on 5 January? Our own Andy Creber is the organiser of the Skirrid Race near Abergavenny and you can find all the details on

Club champs

Since googledocs is rubbish and has a problem (that is widespread), the easiest way to view the club championship results if it comes up with the message 'Sorry we are rubbish' is to go to 'File' (in the top left corner) then 'download'. Then once you've downloaded it you can view it. Ta da.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Bridge 5k On

Following a referee's inspection at 6.10pm, we are pleased to confirm that the Bridge TT is def on.

The water in the small puddles shows no sign of freezing.

Time Trial Tonight - Possible Change

There's a possibility that we may have to move tonight's Time Trial to the Link Road IF there is ice on the Severn Bridge.

As you first access the bridge there are some puddles which are liable to freeze over if the temperature drops as forecast. We will make a decision after an inspection at about 6, and post the result here.

The alternative will be three lengths of the Link Road - starting from the top - plus another 350 metres back up to the display sign.

Either way please meet at the Leisure Ctre at 6.45 as advertised. The run will start at 7.15.

Monday, 10 December 2012

The Week Ahead 10 Dec 2012

It's all downhill on Tuesday! Run helter skelter doen the length of the Link Road, jog back 800 metres, sprint down 400 metres, jog back another 800, sprint down 400, and jog back to the start,
Then do it all again.

On Thursday test your acquired speed in the Severn Bridge 5k Time Trial. Then get back and changed if you've booked your place in the Shangri La.

PLEASE NOTE - THE 5K STARTS AT 7.15! So meet at the LC at 6.45, or find your own way there in good time.

Then on Sunday it's the final race in this year's Club Champs - the Christmas Tree off-road 5 mile race at Ellwood in the Forest Of Dean. It's just down the road from Sling, where we'll repair after the race for food and drink at the Miners Arms.

There'll be further details later on the week in this space.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Harriers contribute to East Wales Wins

Well done to all who represented East Wales in the Inter Regional Cross Country Champs at Builth today. Just about every club in the region provided runners.

Our teams won the Senior Men's, the Women's 35-44, and the Men's 40-49 races.

Chepstow team members were, Helen Duffield, Judith Austerberry, Becky Comins, Jane Horler, Pete Ward, Mike Lovell, Gerry Ashton and Syd Wheeler..

We believe this is the best East Wales performance ever.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Homepage piccies wanted...!

Hi all.

Noticed that our lovely quartet of smiley muddy ladies have been gracing the homepage for a while! Coming back from injury I'm not getting to many (any!) races at the mo so I'm really relying on your contributions and suggestions to update this part of the site...

So this is a quick call to arms to say that - if you've seen (or been a part of!) a cool Harriers-related piccie then please send it me. Will be happy to give it pride of place, plus possibly add a (rubbish) caption as well. You have been warned!

Rob T

Monday, 3 December 2012

The Week Ahead 3 Dec 2012

Down to Thornwell Tuesday for the famed Loop.

5 for A/B/C pace groups and 4 for D/E/F with 2 minutes recovery between each. The plan is to do the last lap as a last-to-first ladder in two groups: A/B/C and D/E/F. Let's hope we can manage it.

Drive down to the Tesco car park if you want and warm up while you wait for the rest of your group.

Then it's the Boughspring runs on Thursday. Choose the 5+, 6+ or 7+ route. Remember to get together with your pace group before we start and then regroup at 1) Top of the Steps after the new Wye Bridge. 2) The A48 road crossing. 3) The route split junctions 4) The turnoff onto the Coleford Road before the run back.

BEWARE! Watch out for the kerb and bollards at the end of Mopla Road just before crossing the road at Castleford.

Have a jolly week!

Friday, 30 November 2012

Thanks From Coach Mike

The outgoing coach for November Mike Evans, would like to thank all runners who attended any of the sessions organised by him for their efforts.
 This was his first Coach of the Month stint, and what made it so enjoyable for him was that everyone did what he asked to the best of their ability

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Week Ahead 26 Nov 2012

On Tuesday our second excursion to School Hill this month takes us one step further. Starting at the bottom we have to push on as the gradient flattens right to the Portwall. Coach Mike says it will improve our race performance on hilly routes.

The Itton 8 on Thursday for some and the 5 mile run to Shirenewton and back for those who fancy a shorter run

Regroup points for the Itton run will be the top of Ticken Hill, the turn-off right at Shirenewton, and the turn on to the Itton road by the Itton Village Hall.

Regroup points for the Shirenewton run will also be the top of Ticken Hill and the turn back at Shirenewton.

Buddy up with people of your pace group so you're ready to roll when the MC says GO!

Then put all this training into practice on Saturday at the Gwent League at Blaise Castle on the Chepstow side of Bristol. One of the shortest Gwent League journeys, Blaise is very runner friendly with a fine adventure playground and cafe on the edge of the course.

Watch this space for travel arrangements.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

AGM Highlights

47 members attended Thursday's AGM.
Chairman Gerry Ashton's report dwelt mainly upon the achievements of our runners, the success of our races and our influence on running in all its forms in the region.
Treasurer Bram Fischer reported a good financial year, while Auditor Leo Cohen asked members to pay any fees or other club income by bank transfer to save Bram's time.
The new Committee as published in the Agenda was duly elected, while retiring members were thanked for their service.
The new Club Championships team of Andy Creber and Paul Dodd explained that the 2013 Champs would divide the age-related category into separate male and female tables.
The January Champs race will be the Riverbank Rollick on 20 Jan over in Thornbury.
The meeting finished with a constructive discussion of how to improve the safety and quality of our Thursday runs. This will be summarised, publicised and implemented in the very near future.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

LCL XC results

Finalised results from the second race (& first) now added to the website along with combined results from the first 2 races.

Well done teams - looking good - keep up the good work!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Severn Bridge 5k TT On!

It's all calmed down now folks.

Can't guarantee a wind-free run, but no worse than last time.


Monday, 19 November 2012

The Week Ahead 19 Nov 2012

On the Severn Bridge Tuesday for the monthly 5k Time Trial. A great opportunity to gauge your training progress.

And then an early start on Thursday. Ready to run at 6.30 for the Mathern 7, or the shortened Mathern 5 if you don't want to run that far.

The early start is to give us the chance to get back and changed for our AGM in the Bar. Kicks off at 8 but get there earlier to tuck into the buffet.

There'll be a useful discussion on any club matter you'd like to sound off on, tho' the starting topic will be the Thursday runs. Come along and say your piece.

Results - LCL XC at Parc Bryn Bach

Here are the provisional results for the LCL XC at Parc Bryn Bach (Sunday 18th November):


Monday, 12 November 2012

The Week Ahead 12 Nov 2012

Coach Mike Evans has come up with a brand new double session for Tuesday based under and on the Severn Bridge. Which one you do first depends on the time you arrive at the tunnel. The tunnel session is based on short sprints for intervals from 10 to 50 metres, while the on-bridge session involves longer efforts. All will be carefully explained by Mike.

Thursday's run is down to Beachley via Sedbury which can be made nice and longer by taking the interesting Wyebank route.

Please note that we're going to suggest regroup points for all our runs now. They're places on the route where runners can rejoin the group they've been running with. On this run the first is at the top of the steps after crossing the river, and the second is the turn-round at the Old Ferry Inn.

And finally on Sunday morning a trip to the picturesque Parc Bryn Bach for the next Leisure Centre League Cross-Country. Hot showers and a nice cafe are the rewards. Watch this space for meeting time.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

This Saturday is the next Gwent League Cross Country!

At Brecon Rugby Club - Parc de Pugh

Timetable, directions and course map at

First Race 12 noon.

The Mini bus will leave 10:00 am from the LC steps.

Can anyone - in particular juniors - who haven't already let me know they are coming please do so



Monday, 5 November 2012

The Week Ahead 5 Nov 2012

Coach of the Month Mike Evans has us back on School Hill on Tuesday for the first time this season. Recommended are 12 ups for ABC and 8 for DEF. Hurry back to the LC for a double social whirl - the judging of the men's cake baking comp, and a display of Club kit for purchase. Treat yourself to that new bit of kit you've been promising yourself.

AMENDMENT! Forgot to mention that Jane & Geoff are also putting on a Running Form session down by the S Bridge on Tuesday.

Thursday's run is the picaresque Tour of the Town - what larks! Then more larks in the Bellhanger for November's Curry Night.

Finally on Saturday afternoon a trip to historic Brecon for the second Gwent League Cross-Country. Not at the usual Pen Lan Leisure Centre venue, but down by the canal in the south of the town. Take the second exit signed Brecon at the roundabout you first come to from the A40, and after about a mile turn left at the sign just before the Morrisons petrol station. It's known as Parc de Pugh apparently.

Watch this space for car sharing arrangements later in the week.

Monday, 29 October 2012

The Week Ahead 29 October 2012

Two trips to Gloucestershire this week, with the perenniel Elm Road on the menu for Tuesday.

Another trip over to Tutshill on Thursday for the Severn Avenue Loops. Meet at the top of Castle View along Sedbury Lane. 10 loops for ABC groups and 7 for DEF.

And good luck to all doing the Club Champs on Sunday, the Guy Fawkes 5.

Monday, 22 October 2012

A less hectic week with the Danes Loop on Tuesday, and the 5k Time Trial on the Severn Bridge on Thursday. Simple but effective.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Report - Bridgend GL XC - Sun 21st Oct

Beautiful weather for the first Gwent League cross country in Bridgend today.
Thanks for the photos Sue - good to have a record of today - especially of the boys with their medals - they were soo pleased :D And thanks for the support too.

Sue's photos - ... 4683053937

Thanks for putting the tent up Dick, Jane Helen and team.

All our juniors ran well and seemed to enjoy the event.
First off were the Novice boys – Joe Lidgett, Fred Conridge, Jake Summers, Bobby Jones and Ben Hope-Bell – the boys ran well and won team bronze in the East Wales completion.

Ceri was our only novice girl but she finished 16th – highest junior position of the day – well done Cez.

Under 13 boys were Joe Somersall and Ewan Dick- Ewan who was a bit phased by it all - went off like a rocket but dropped out -said he'll be back though. Joe finished strongly.

Alex Green was our U13 girl – only just in this age group and did well with the longer distance – good running Alex.

Polly ran the 4.4k in the U15 girls consistently well.

Was a beautiful day - hot :shock:

Our Women's team was fantastic :D

Our top three were in the top 20 - Kath Matthews 5th, Jane Green 10th and Sam Harris 17th :D :D Helen, Vanessa and Berta all ran well too - thanks fabulous team 8)

Our men's team was looking good - Rich Matthews back with a vengeance from the start - Steve Harris running well even with one shoe :shock: Well done Steve that can't have been easy 8)

Sadly Mark had to pull out with a quad injury from the fell relays :(

But thanks to the junior teams we luckily had fathers of Joe (s) Dave and Paul - both running strongly with Paul closing in on Dave towards the end to finish just behind.

And Matthew also running well was last scorer so a pretty good men's team today too.

Thanks for running Gerry sorry you didn't score today but it was good to have a strong reserve. Geoff had a good run too - so well done to all our men. Syd was running in our race - not sure of your position Syd - second :?:

Particular respect to Matthews Harris and Lawson families for juggling their running with looking after their little ones - lovely to see them there :D

The next Gwent League cross country is Sat November 10th in Brecon - we have the mini bus for this one.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Bridgend Gwent League Cross Country

Sunday 21st Oct - Bridgend GL XC

First Race for the juniors it at 12.30 – an hour to get there – so we will be leaving -  at 10:45 am - meet at our Leisure Centre steps.

Please check who is meeting at later times as many of us are leaving at 10.45 - 

Women’s race start is 1.20 pm so for those wanting to leave later could meet at 11:45.

Men just wanting to run, not support, could meet at 1:30pm :roll: 

Map and further details

Monday, 15 October 2012

The Week Ahead 15 October 2012

Plenty going on this week, dear reader. Tuesday's session is the Beachley Loop - 6 circuits of flat, traffic-freeish Inner Loop. Don't be put off by the 'Road Up/Road Closed' signs when you turn into Loop Road: that only applies to the far end of the road where we won't be running.
Don't be afraid to drive/share lifts down: it's a fair trot and you can warm up when you get there.

Thursday's run is the good ol' Itton 8, or have a go at the Mathern 5 if you want a shorter run.

A chance to try something new on Friday night - our first ever skittles evening at the Royal Oak at Whitecroft, just up the road from Lydney. Lots of nice nosh and expert tuition in the ancient art of skittles, all for a tenner (plus your beer money of course). Arrive at 7 for a 7.30 skittle-off.

And finally on Sunday here's your chance to takeup the ancient art of cross-country running. The Gwent League course at Bridgend is very beginner-friendly, and is free to enter to all Harriers.
There's a full programme of age group races from 10 year-old to 70+, and each race also incorporates the East Wales Championships.

Please tell our Club Captains Mark and Lou if you intend to run. They have to declare the teams 15 minutes before race start. And watch this space later in the week for carshare arrangements.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Pontypool XC Results

For those members who don't 'do' facebook, here is the link to the Ponytpool XC results on the club website:

Curry Night

It's officially curry night tonight after Hayesgate or non Hayesgate

So see you in the B Hanger later :)

Monday, 8 October 2012

The Week Ahead 8 October 2012

Roll up for that old favourite Thornwell Loop on Tuesday. Motor down to Tesco Express if you don't fancy running the two miles there and back.

Then it's the Hayesgate 7 on Thursday. You can shorten it by turning straight up Pwllmeyric Hill after coming down from Mounton, missing the bit out to Hayesgate and back. It then becomes the non-Hayesgate 5.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Meet 9:40am Tomorrow at Leisure Centre Steps

Sunday 7th Oct - LCL cross country at Pontypool Park

Thanks to everyone who has offered to drive to Pontypool  - think we should have plenty of space now - meet at leisure centre steps at 9:40 to sort out lifts.



Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Week Ahead 1 October 2012

A choice on Tuesday. Steep Street Hills OR a Running Form session: as a refresher for those who've already done a session; or equally for those who didn't get to one of the sessions last month and would like to learn what all the fuss is about.

And more choice on Thursday. 5, 6 or 7 miles on the Boughspring runs. And don't forget your reflective top.

Then on Sunday morning the first of the season's Leisure Centre League cross-country races at Pontypool Park. The same deal as usual: just turn up in your club gear, no entry fee or forms, 11.00 start.

BUT if it's your first ever LCL race - road or cross-country - you must give your name and date of birth to Syd. He'll allocate you a unique number, but here's the difference from now on: you don't have to wear your number on your vest. Instead you'll be given a ticket with your position on it as you cross the finish line. This has to be handed to your Team Captain who'll record your position on the finish sheet.

Meet at 9.45 by the LC steps to share cars.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Fell Race Series 2013

A message from our new Fell Race Championship Boss, Niki:
I have great pleasure in announcing the 7 races in the Chepstow Harriers Fell Series next year:

1. Kymin - Sat 12 Jan 2013. 3.9 miles, 1150 ft ascent

2. Blaenbran Blast, Sat 23 Feb 2013. 3.6 miles, 935 ft ascent

3. Cribyn, April (usually!). 5.5 miles, 3100 ft ascent

4. Steam Bunny Stomp, May (date TBC). 7 miles

5. Beacon Batch, June (evening race). 5 miles, 1000 ft ascent

6. Guto Nyth Bran, July (evening race). 6 miles, 1300ft ascent

7. Llanthony Show, August. 3.5 miles, 1100 ft ascent

Best 3 of 7 to count - so you only need complete (not just start!) 3 races. Your score will be a percentage based on the first Chepstow Harrier runner. Most fell races have a scoring system based on the average of the first 5 runners - as you can see this will be a radical departure! The slower the first Chepstow Harrier runner, the better your score will be! However, we want to encourage as many runners both fast and slow - so we'd still very much like to see the likes of Paul Murrin and Pete Ward turning up.

There will be lots of prizes, and anyone just completing 3 races will get something for their efforts.

We will endeavour to have a recce of the races which are not marshalled (such as Cribyn) a week or so before each race so that everyone can familiarise themselves with the route, and gain some confidence, and hopefully competence!

I will give more information about each race - including the date(!) nearer the time.


I have tried to make this list as inclusive as possible and encourage as many newcomers, especially women to participate. Therefore, the observant amongst you will notice that there is an absence of long, very tough races such as the Brecon Beacons or Black Mountains. Those seeking to challenge themselves in a wider range of fell races including very challenging ones, have the South Wales Winter and Summer Hill Series and also Welsh (and even British) championships to target and enjoy.

Look forward to seeing you all on the hills next year!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

"All The Best Cooks Are Men"

Sue Ashton has suggested this potentially explosive post-Guy Fawkes event.

Members who follow the rantings on the Website Bulletin Board may have spotted a recent discussion on whether we should put on a women-only event like Race for Life.
Continuing with the segregated sex theme, our soon-to-retire Social Secretary has taken up a  suggestion to have a Men Only Cake Baking event. The men can have the whole of the weekend before the event in which to design, mix, bake, and decorate their inspired creations, and they will submit their efforts after training at the Leisure Centre bar on Tuesday 6 November.

The judges will be Lou, Vanessa and Dick – as they are all famous for making and/or eating lots of cake.

Wives &/girlfriends of cake-baking men please note – you are only allowed a purely advisable role – you are not permitted to bake the whole thing for them.

We will be combining this with a kit night so you can admire John Wright modelling all the latest alluring Chepstow Harriers’ club kit.

A feast for the soul and senses.

Disclaimer – anyone eating the men-made cake does so at their own risk. The Social Secretary cannot be held liable for any dodgy tummies that may ensue – especially as it wasn’t even her idea, and she’ll almost have relinquished her position by then.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Hope Valley Run

This Sunday 30th is the Hope Valley Run, a multi-terrain 8 miler in lovely Hereford countryside.  It's our October Club Championship race.  Race proceeds in aid of British Red Cross.

you can enter on the day. £13 on the day.

Directions from Chepstow:

Go to Ross on Wye (whichever way you like but I guess via Monmouth is sensible)
From Ross travelling easterly on the A449 towards the junction of the M50 carry on the A449 North Easterly. Taking a left onto the B4224 sign posted Fownhope, carrying on westerly on the B4224 towards Fownhope. When in the village take a right turn opposite the Tan B&B sign posted Woolhope. Carry on along this road until you reach the village of Woolhope take left before the Crown Inn. carry on through to Woolhope village hall.

The AA website estimates 1hr7mins from Chepstow

Race starts 11am.

Suggested meeting time at LC to share transport 9am.

For more info:

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Week Ahead 24 Sept 2012

The S Bridge 5k Time Trial on Tuesday at 7.30 (carried over from last week).

Thursday's run is to Shirenewton, down towards Crick, along to Hayesgate and back.Or turn round at Shirenewton and retrace your steps for a shorter route.

And finally, the Club Champs race on Sunday is the Hope Valley 8, an interesting off-road run at Woolhope in Herefordshire, less than 20 miles from Monmouth: 

Enter now on line, or on the day according to the website.

By the way, did you know you can see the whole month's training on our Training and Coaching page? Click on the ABOUT US label and it;s third on the scroll down list.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

St Arvans MT10 Race Report!

Thanks so much to all helpers at St. Arvans MT 10 today - everyone did a great job!

My Day

At 5.30 the alarm went off - as soon as it was light I was out putting up signs from High Beech to the hall - back home to collect Joe, Jake and Ceri to set up the tables, chairs and carry in all the prizes, signs and paraphernalia.

Back to collect Polly, Issy and 5 bread trays of cakes, coffee, tea, tea-towels and stuff!  

As usual Andy car park commandant was first on the scene bright, early and efficient - thanks Andy - also saw you slowing traffic on the Devauden road :) and taking charge of the clear up mission - not leaving until the hall was completely spic and span - winning the award for most constructively helpful person of the day. 

Niki and Bram were next to arrive with their lovely calm, positive organisation.  Stuart and Linda joined Niki to complete our friendly efficient registration team. 

Vanessa appeared sometime magically making tea and coffee for us all.

Bill was helping with car parking before joining Dick and Colin on their marshaling team.

Other marshaling teams started to arrive - Kev had unwittingly taken responsibility of C Team and was looking for Dave and Mark and lost signs flour and tape - thanks Kev - it all seemed to go well :)

Gill, Rob Brown and Tosh our A team were fully ready and eager to leave - went off without our Chairman Gerry who soon arrived and caught them up - thanks A team you did a great job.

Gill Ellis and Anne were our sweepers - I hope it went well - Dave said you made it to the Fedw car park at 1 min to the shortcut deadline - bet you were thrilled?!  Well done :)

The boys and Rob were marshalling through Porthcasseg - Rob said he was concerned that no one was at the next junction so went down on his bike to find that Dick had just arrived  - he didn't know of the master-plan! 

I arrived at Penterry lane in time to see Niki just passing with Helen, Vanessa, Neil and Luke coming up the hill.  I couldn't drive on to see Joc and Paul but I knew they would be there - thanks both :)

Found Dave in position in the Fedw and also poor Rob who had wanted to run but has been suffering with a bad back and kindly came to take photos - so glad you did Rob they are fantastic  - thanks.

Found Mark H Sen at Cot junction and stayed a while to see the first runners through - was surprised to see Kath had Emma on her shoulder - Emma Wookey is a very good runner just didn't see her enter!

The Devauden Road team looked very professional - this is the most dodgy crossing in the race and not an easy job - thanks Andy MW, Den, Dimitri, Andy C and Bev.

I didn't get to see the Chep Park Woods water station - poor Jackie was worried she might be doing this alone but Pete turned up and took the pressure off - thanks to you and the boys Pete and Jackie.

Was funny when I drove round the corner in Itton to find Gerry and Rob standing to attention saying 'quick it's the boss' - I was just hoping I'd made it in time!

I had.  Our Chepstow Park Woods marshals Phil, Jane and Sue had done a perfect job in marking out and there were no problems.  Thanks all especially Jane and Sue who had reccied the course to make sure they knew it!

At this point I got to see quite a few of the runners coming through and was pleased to see that Kath had pulled away from Emma in a now strong first place, Niki was 3rd F with Helen close behind and Luke keeping them in sight. Saw Neil and Vanessa before getting on to Jane + girls water station.

Jane was traffic calming and the girls handing out water.

On to the finish!

Arrived just in time to see the Huw Evans - first man into the finish (58:40). Wow sub 6 min miles on that course!!   

Matt Hurford was amazing too in  61:27 smiling all the way and thanked us as soon as he’d finished! Great to see Chris Harrhy in 3rd (63:27)  and the inimitable Steve Davies in  4th (65:05)

Our Kath was first woman in 65:43 - 6:30 min miles for 10 miles on a v hilly course - wow!  Niki was 3rd F in 69:44 - sub 7 min miles!  Helen had a great run today too - 71:08 - Neil  looking determined was out run by a getting  fitter Phil Miles ( 71:41) tho he wasn't far behind with a course pb of 72:49 - likewise Vanessa.

Virginia won first local runner - whay yeah!!

Well done to all who ran today.

Thanks to Syd and John for inventively constructing a finish and doing a great job with the results.

Matthew, Ruben and Seth had set up the finish water table and Seth was delighting in handing out water - just needed a little advice to wait until the runners had crossed the line!

The Devauden Road team, Jackie + Pete were here as well as C Team so there was lots of help and cheering at the finish.

Jake was running results on his bike back at our house and Bram patiently taking them at the door!  Thanks Bram!!  I wrote out the results - this is not because Bram couldn't print them for me just that's the way I like to do it!

Congratulations to Le Croups on the team prize – Huw, Matt, Alun Jones, Howard Kent, Simon Hazel. Chep had won the women's team prize - Kath, Niki, Helen + Vanessa.


Thanks to everyone who helped with the tea, cakes clearing up after especially Niki,Andy, Vanessa, Neil, Clare, Dick and of course Polly, Issy Ceri and Jake.

Thanks for taking all the signs, tape bibs tables and everything back to the garage Dick and for all your help.

I think it all went really well although any suggestions for improvements are welcome.



Monday, 17 September 2012

The Week Ahead 17 Sept 2012

A change of plan on Tuesday. We did have a 5k Time Trial on the Bridge planned but we’ve swapped it for next week’s scheduled Danes Loop to give more time for a committee meeting. So coach Andy MW will be welcoming you to a rejigged session round the Danes. Sounds good.

Then Thursday’s run will be the Mathern 7 which can be reduced to 5 miles by missing out the bit along to Hayesgate and instead cutting straight across to Mathern by the New Inn. A good honest week of training.

For people having problems accessing race results (Google Docs)

Hi all. Seems we're still having a few issues with one or two people being unable to see race results on the website that have been uploaded to our new Google Docs system. 

Firstly, this is almost certainly a cache issue at your (the user's) end, even if it may not seem so! Rest assured that in 99% of cases the documents have been marked as 'public' meaning there should be *no* sign-in needed to view.

This page is handy for letting you know how to clear the cache for your particular browser - am confident that it most cases it should sort any lingering issues.
Fingers crossed.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

St.Arvans MT 10 Sunday 16th Sept

Registration will be open from 9 a.m. .

Entry on the day £12

Race HQ is at St.Arvans village hall - the hall will be signed from High Beech roundabout, Chepstow.

The old Severn Bridge is closed tomorrow so if coming from Bristol please allow extra 20 mins.

Been busy baking so there will be cakes for everyone after the race.

The course is pretty dry so road shoes should be fine.

Race start is 5 - 10 mins from the hall so make sure you register in plenty of time.

Just bought loads of prizes :)

See you there :)

Good luck 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Reminder: Curry Night toms!!

After training at the Bell Hanger, natch. Hope to see as many of you there as possible, more the merrier :)

(Hint: don't order the Vindaloo like I did last week. OUCH!!!!)

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Week Ahead 10 Sept 2012

Your last chance on Tuesday to improve your running form under Jane and Geoff's tutelage.
If you've already taken advantage of this offer, Coach of the Month Andy Meek-Welsh will be leading an alternative Kenyan Hills session on the LC field.
Thursday's run is along the Wye Valley and across to Gaer Hill masts with fantastic views over the Severn.
And finally on Sunday you can take part in the second running of the Club's own St Arvans MT 10. Organised by Lou and marshalled by the Club's finest, there will be room for entries on the day. Loads of prizes and free home-made cakes and tea/coffee for all entrants. Excellent value for £10 if you enter now, or £12 if you leave it till Sunday.

Beer and Skittles - What Life is All About!

An exciting evening of ball throwing, buffet munching and beer swilling in the exceptionally pleasant company of your fellow Harriers. What more can you ask for? Well, as it happens the ‘sticker-upper’ for the night is that infamous love or hate figure Grubby – so you can try to target him with your over-sized ball if he doesn’t get out of the way quick enough.

The date: Friday 19 October

The venue: Royal Oak, Whitecroft -

The time: Meet at Royal Oak at 7pm, ready for 7.30 Skittles kick off

The munchies: Hot and cold buffet including 2 dessert choices will be
provided at 8.30. Vegetarians (and meat eaters) will be well
catered for. More skittles to follow after the food.

The skittles: Colin Parry is our very own Skittles expert and he will be
in attendance to tell us what to do with those big balls and
how to score (no Grubby, not with women – no chance there,
even as a ‘sticker-upper’)

The booze:
We will have our own exclusive room, with exclusive bar and
an exclusive barman/woman, and exclusive toilets

The dosh: The evening including the buffet will cost £10 per person,
(I’ll collect the money on the night).
Obviously this does not include drinks which you’ll pay for
separately at the bar.
A small donation (some scraps from the buffet perhaps, a functioning knee
and/or achillies or a quid) to the ‘sticker-upper’ will be very gratefully accepted I’m sure.

Let me know: as soon as possible if you’re coming – so I can give numbers to the Royal Oak
staff for catering purposes. Please email me at, or make a Comment here.

See you there lovelies!


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Monmouth Races Next Sat 15 Sept

Our friends at the Spirit of Monmouth club have asked us to mention that they're organising a set of races on Saturday 15 Sept:

"Venue: Monmouth Show Ground, Redbrook Road, Monmouth, NP25 4LG

Runs: 2km (fun run) mainly aimed children & families (pushchairs can be used on the route) Starts 2pm

6km & 10km run Starts 2.30pm

Entry fees are £4/£5 children and £8/£10 .

Medals for every finisher

The run is organised in conjunction with Monmouth Show and the charities for this year are The Victoria Eye Hospital in Hereford and the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth.

Entry forms and details can be found on our website and entries can be accepted on the day

Monday, 3 September 2012

The Week Ahead 3 Sept 2012

Eager WotsOn readers (that's everyone I suppose) will have spotted that this Tuesday (as well as Thursday and next Tuesday) gives us all the opportunity for a tutorial on how to improve our running form. Choose your preferred date and there's an alternative session or run on the other two dates.

This Tuesday's alternative is the hilly loop session over in Piercefield Park.

And Thursday's run is that old favourite the Three Woods. What larks!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Blog post comments now working for all!

Apologies, dear reader, if you'd attempted to reply to a blog post in the past only to be told... well, you couldn't. this situation has now been rectified, so feel free to flame away! ;)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Hay Hill Raiser Sunday 2 September

This Sunday is the Hay Hill Raiser, the Club Championship race for September.

It starts from Hay on Wye at 11am.  It's about 1hr 30mins travel so I suggest meet at LC at 8.40 and leave by 8.45am. HR3 5BT is the postcode they provide for HQ (Hay on Wye school in the centre of the town)

I believe there should be entries on the day but you might want to check with Jo Lord on 07831 609889, before you travel, just in case...

Monday, 27 August 2012

The Week Ahead 27 August 2012

We're again on the LC field on Tuesday, but those who tackled the session in the hayfield last Tuesday will know that there's next to no track visible. But our Coach of the Month Dave Somersall is nothing if not enterprising, and he'll be giving us an effective speed session no matter what.

A choice on Thursday: we did promise a timed mile and thanks to Syd the Wheel we'll have a carefully measured mile on the Link Road. Half of it will be downhill and the other half up, so we'll end up with an overall 'flat' course in that the start and finish will be a the same level.

If you don't fancy that how about a nice long run - the old route we revived a few weeks ago: down the dell, over the old bridge, up Deadman's Hill, turn right halfway up to Sedbury Lane, across the field and turn left to the rail tunnel, right to the Diving Ctre, past Tidenham church, and across the fields to Boughspring, backa along Offa's Dyke. Remember?

And finally, the Club Champs race on Sunday - the Hay Hill Raiser. A road race of 11.33 miles, with some up and down apparently, it starts at 11 and can be entered on the day.

Watch this space for meeting time.

Monday, 20 August 2012

The Week Ahead 20 August 2012

Some serious hard training this week, but you know it makes sense. Four
 one mile reps (five for those who really want to improve) are Tuesday's good
 medicine. An easy one lap recovery is the spoonful of sugar.

Syd is marking out the exact one mile distance, so after maybe one or two as a warm-up, there’ll be a timed run for anyone who fancies having a go at their age-group record. Check out the times on our ‘Club Only Events/Club Records’ page.

Thursday's run takes us across Piercefield Park, along to Porthcasseg Farm, and up to
Fedw Wood. There's an short cut to be had by turning left at the farm and coming home down Penterry Hill. An intermediate distance would be a return via the Devauden/St Arvans road, or you can push it a bit by cutting through Chepstow Park Wood, before descending by way of
Rogerstone Grange. A good long run like we used to in the olden days.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Handicap results!!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who took part or/and helped at this year's handicap series.

Results from last night's handicap:
handicap 4 results

And overall points results:
overall points positions

Finally, for interest, here are everybody's times from all four races, in order of speed:
All times in order of speed

Well done Denise for being last night's winner!

And well done Tom and Stuart D who tied for first place in the overall series, with Geoff Bayliss in 3rd place!  Your trophies will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Rose Inn Results - 14th August

Here are the results for the last race in the year.
(Sorry... forgot to make them public to start with - they are now, so you should all be able to see them)


Handicap 4 start list

This is now on the Handicap page.  See link below:

Please note first runner off at 7.05pm

Monday, 13 August 2012

The Week Ahead 13 August 2012

Alas Summer must be nearing its end when the final Rose Inn is on the card.

At the time of writing, Judith is still after at least one helper for Tuesday's race. The new Redwick Village Hall is now open for us, so come along and help and/or enter on this historic occasion.

There's also an end-of-season feel for Thursday's attraction, the final Club Handicap. The series prize is still wide open, so why not go for it?!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Curry night tonight after training!

Posting because nobody seems to care about it any more :(

The time: 8:30-ish
The place: Bell Hanger
The meal: 

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Week Ahead 6 August 2012

The final LCL on Tuesday, starting and finishing next to Cwmbran Stadium. A nice course this with a lovely section along the canal. A free race with pleasant company. All Harriers should have a go. Meet at LC steps at 6.30.

And of course it's the August Club Championship! So points for yourself and points for the Club - phew!

Thursday's run is that old favourite, the Three Woods. Long and short versions available to suit all tastes, dear reader.

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Week Ahead 30 July 2012

A momentous time for the Harriers on Tuesday at 7 - our very own Mini Olympics. Did you miss out on selection for Team GB? Well here's your chance to show those myopic selectors what they've missed. You can run, jump and throw to your heart's content and even get your name in the record books with a Chepstow Harriers Club Record for the 1 mile.
Back to earth from the big time with a good solid Thursday run along the Gloucestershire way, noted for fresh air and fun...

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Handicap 3 Results

The results for tonight's handicap are now on the Handicap page, together with the cumulative points table and also the table showing all the times this year.

A warm evening, so several people ran slower times than before.  

But the heat doesn't stop some people...fastest on the night was Kath with 33.10, and tonight's winner was Tosh!  Well done, a big improvement for you!

If you have done at least 2 races and you have at least 66 points then it's possible to win the series.  Roll on the last Handicap on 16 August! 

Thanks Brenda, Syd, Bill S, Colin P, Mark, Andy and Kathryn for your help and support

Handicap 3 results

Cumulative points table

All times this year

Monday, 23 July 2012

Handicap 3 Tuesday 24th 7.05pm

The start list for tomorrow's handicap is on the handicap page.  Please note first runner off at 7.05pm.  If you are an early starter please make sure you are ready and warmed up in time.

If you are not on the list but want to run then please post here and I'll slot you in somewhere sensible!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Week Ahead 23 July 2012

Handicap in Chepstow Park Wood on Tuesday. Be there by 7 at least to get a parking space and be in time for your start. Our Thursday session will be a speed session on the track with some fun relays to finish off. Ad finally we're putting on the Magor Marsh 10k on Sunday under Race Director Rob Brown. Check with Rob if he needs help, and/or have a run yourself. You can enter on the day but be early!

Club champs results update

Updated overall club championship results after Waun Fach are now up, as are parkruns.

The individual results page from Waun Fach won't be up for a while as I'm going away next week.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

July LCL results

Confirmed results for July race (Pontypool) now online.
Also overall results added for road series and the combined series.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Week Ahead 16 July 2012

Meet at the LC at 6.30 to share cars to Pontypool Park for Tuesday’s LCL race, starting at 7.30. Postcode is NP4 8AT. This is a nice varied course that’s been revived from the early days of the LCL: a couple of hills but also lots of flat stretches including a lovely run along the canal towpath. Thursday’s run is also a revived route, taking in Sedbury, Tidenham churchyard, a run across the fields to Boughspring Lane, and a return along Offa’s Dyke. Maps available on the night. And a fitting climax to the week, July’s Club Champs race will be Sue and Gerry’s Waun Fach fell race. One of the most scenic events in the calendar with a delightful swooping finish along a gently descending ridge and a short sharp sting in the tail to the finish on Castle Hill. You get most of the climb over in the first half, and you can tell everyone you reached the highest point in the whole of the Black Mountains. Saturday at 2pm from the Castle Inn at Pengenffordd, only £2.50 on the day for 7 miles of good running surface. Watch this space for travel details

Chepstow District Swimming Club - Triathlon Swim Sessions (16/7/12)

The Chepstow and District Swimming Club are now offering local triathletes the opportunity to come along and train with the club on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 7am and 8am. If you are interested please drop Rob an e-mail on

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Week Ahead 27 August 2012

We're again on the LC field on Tuesday, but those who tackled the session in the hayfield last Tuesday will know that there's next to no track visible. But our Coach of the Month Dave Somersall is nothing if not enterprising, and he'll be giving us an effective speed session no matter what.

A choice on Thursday: we did promise a timed mile and thanks to Syd the Wheel we'll have a carefully measured mile on the Link Road. Half of it will be downhill and the other half up, so we'll end up with an overall 'flat' course in that the start and finish will be a the same level.

If you don't fancy that how about a nice long run - the old route we revived a few weeks ago: down the dell, over the old bridge, up Deadman's Hill, turn right halfway up to Sedbury Lane, across the field and turn left to the rail tunnel, right to the Diving Ctre, past Tidenham church, and across the fields to Boughspring, backa along Offa's Dyke. Remember?

And finally, the Club Champs race on Sunday - the Hay Hill Raiser. A road race of 11.33 miles, with some up and down apparently, it starts at 11 and can be entered on the day.

Watch this space for meeting time.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Charmouth - possible rerun...

In case disappointed Charmouth trippers haven’t seen it, the latest news posting (afternoon of 7 July) on the Challenge website says:

Following the cancellation of both these races this morning, the organiser would like to thank all the potential runners and marshalls for their understanding. The weather was extremely poor and consideration needed to ensure the safety of all concerned including those who might have been called in an emergency situation. Please revisit this website next week for news on a possible rerun of the event and refunds. 

We’ve emailed the organiser to say that we would be interested in the rerun. Whether we’ll have enough takers for a coach-full will depend on the suitability of the date I guess.

July Rose Inn Results

Here are the results for the July Rose Inn race:


Monday, 9 July 2012

The Week Ahead 9 July 2012

The 3rd Rose Inn on Tuesday. Parking is even tighter than usual so please meet at the LC steps at 6.30 to share cars.

Thursday’s run is our second venture along the new Wales Coast Path. The long run will cross the railway by bridge beyond Mathern by the blue navigation lamp: not the cross-golf course route that involves a dodgy trek along the line. We’ll put up a more detailed route, inc a shorter run,  by Thursday morn.

Curry Night at ‘Spoons after the run!

Sue and Gerry’s Waun Fach fell race is the next Club Champs race on 21 July. Vanessa and Gerry will be leading a gentle recce this Friday, meeting at the LC at 6 or at the race HQ – the Castle Inn, Pengenffordd – at 7. Bring a head torch.

Rose Inn 10 July

The July Rose Inn race takes place tomorrow: usual time (7:30pm), usual place (Rose Inn, Redwick). The third race in the 2012 series and your penultimate opportunity to get series points and go for a new 4-mile PB! Fast, flat, and the ideal antidote to all those gnarly, hilly, off-road shenanigans. It’s also this month’s counter for the East Wales Road Championship - so for all those contesting the East Wales series, don’t miss your chance to get a few more points towards the Champs!

We’ll still be working with our improvised facilities until the new Village Hall is completed later this month: registration will be in the pub and parking space is slightly more limited than usual. Please DO car share as much as possible.  Chepstow Harriers - meet at the LC Steps at 6:30 to share lifts.